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Cyber-Surveillance Bill Set to Move to Senate Floor

The Senate is expected to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S. 754) on the Senate floor soon. The bill was marked up in secret, thereby denying the public an opportunity to better understand the risks the legislation poses. This document analyzes the bill as reported by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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No Special Powers for Civil Agencies Under ECPA

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, law enforcement agencies can force service providers (such as email service providers) to turn over digital content (such as email or social networking messages) that is more than 180 days old. This outdated law creates bizarre results for the digital age: law enforcement needs a warrant to obtain…

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Joint Civil Society Statement on UN Special Rapporteur Report

The undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication (A/HRC/29/32), which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council on June 17.

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Short-Changing Debate on Cyber-Surveillance Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that there would be an effort to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, CISA to the Defense Authorization bill that is now on the Senate floor. This move would almost certainly stifle necessary debate on the privacy and civil liberties problems in the bill and thwart amendments that Senators have been crafting to address those problems. CDT outlines the main issues with the Senate cybersecurity legislation.

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Oppose Amendments to Weaken & Delay USA FREEDOM Act

Yesterday the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) cleared an important Senate hurdle and is now headed for a vote on final passage. But first, amendments to the bill will be considered. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed four problematic amendments to the USA FREEDOM Act – without permitting any amendments to strengthen privacy or transparency – all of which may be voted on as soon as tomorrow morning. If the amendments are added to the USA FREEDOM Act, CDT will oppose the final bill.

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Coalition Letter Opposes Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

A broad coalition of spanning the political spectrum submitted a letter of opposition to separate leaked proposals from Senators Burr and Feinstein to modify surveillance laws in the wake of the Senate narrowly voting down the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. Both proposals would extend PATRIOT Act authorities without ending domestic bulk collection or providing critical FISA Court transparency, while giving the government new powers to require private companies retain user data to aid surveillance.

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Oppose Senator Feinstein’s “FISA Reform Act of 2015”

After the US Senate narrowly voted down the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048), Senator Feinstein introduced legislation that would also modify surveillance laws. Senator Feinstein’s bill, titled the FISA Reform Act of 2015 (S.1469), would not end NSA bulk collection, would impose a data retention mandate on private companies, and does not address the problem of secret law. The Center for Democracy & Technology urges opposition to this bill.

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